The open ceremony of the FAO's 8th Forest Week, 26th Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) (https://www.fao.org/events/detail/cofo-26/en?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social+media&utm_campaign=fao4members) is saved on the FAO podcast archive (https://www.fao.org/webcast/home/en/item/5960/icode/)
The General Director of FAO highlighted the importance of the synergetic approach of the high-level panels of the COFO and COAG under the threats of the climate crisis effects on forests, the increasing need for deliver equality and food safety, in order to implement the SDGs (https://sdgs.un.org/goals), which are still or even more important then anytime before.
QU DONGYU pointed that we know tools, practices and solutions so, we need the will to implement all them to get over the crises effecting our one and only Globe, therefor we have the act in a coherent and synergetic way.
The importance of forests laying on the its basic role of ecosystem, but forests must be considered together with all other ecosystems, such as with grasslands and wetlands. In the meantime, economy, ecology and the society needs be on the same level when actions are taken to reach win-win solutions. Therefore, the key issues must be tackled climate change and greenhouse gases, restore productive capacities, together with ecosystems restoration and economic stability while creating “green value chains” for the increasement of locals’ quality of life.

Princess Basma bint Ali, FAO Goodwill Ambassador for Near East and North Africa highlighted the importance of despite the degradation of natural and primary forests, at least agroforestry area is increasing and gaining back agroecological practices leading the most degraded agricultural lands to regeneration and regain production capacities. Refering to the FAO report on The State of the World's Forests (SOFO) 2022 https://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/ca8642en

A new legislative milestone for EU biodiversity: the Commission’s long-awaited proposal for the EU Nature Restoration Law is finally published.
https://environment.ec.europa.eu/topics/nature-and-biodiversity/nature-restoration-law_en

The proposal is a pioneer in its ambition and legally binding targets, but there still are a few key points in need of strengthening. Therefore, CEEweb calls for its urgent adoption and implementation as it is a true and strong attempt to reverse the tide of biodiversity loss and climate change. The European Parliament and Council of the EU must fully endorse the positive elements and strengthen the existing weaknesses without delay.
https://www.ceeweb.org/article.php?id=616

CEEweb representative Mr. Ádám Varga highlighting the relation of the new act and its practical implementaion over agrofrorestry (as part of the Agromix project) and ecological connectivity (as part of the SaveGREEN project https://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/savegreen#!), as both issues are some of the most important implementaion areas of biodiversity protection on the spot.

Today, we face the challenge of producing food and fibre to meet the needs of both humans and the environment, for the current and next generations. In practice, that means bringing together productivity and healthy ecosystems while making farms financially viable. Agroforestry offers some promising tools.

To find out how we can integrate them in our farms we are interviewing farmers, scientists and other experts to share with you their experiences and practical advice. What trees to plant and how to manage them? How can we best integrate different productive elements? What business models for agroforestry systems?

We are tackling these questions and many more. If you are interested in how we can make agroforestry work in a diversity of contexts - this podcast is for you!

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Dr. Sara Burbi - Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Coventry University, Ryton Gardens Campus, CV8 LG, UK
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